There are few locations in Vegas as recognizable as the Neon Museum. Often referred to as the Boneyard, the Neon Museum is one of Vegas’ most iconic locations. And for good reason too. It houses some of the city’s most precious history, all in the form of neon signs. Seriously, when you think of the glitz and glam of Vegas, this is the place you want to see.
It makes sense then, that the Neon Museum is one of the most requested locations from my couples. And with that being said, before you get your little heart sold too much on the idea of having your intimate elopement ceremony and/or wedding photos taken at the Boneyard, there are a few things you should know.
It Isn’t Cheap
In order to have your wedding photos done at the Neon Museum, you should know, it is actually the most expensive venue for photos in Vegas. And while it isn’t on par with, say, renting an entire wedding venue for the day (hello thousands of dollars), for just 1 hour of time at the Boneyard, it’ll run you $500 ($400 if you’re local to Vegas with a valid Nevada state ID) for just one hour or $250 for 30 minutes of time on the Neon Museum grounds with your photographer. The prices change often, so be sure to check the official Neon Museum website for current and up to date information on pricing and availability.
There Are Two Different ‘Galleries’
The Boneyard is made up of two separate galleries that house all of the awesome vintage neon signs. The Main Gallery has been around longer, and is larger, and houses some really iconic signs like the ‘Stardust’ sign. This gallery is really popular because currently it is the only gallery that has electricity running to it, so if you’re lucky enough to book a twilight photo session, all those gorgeous neons are all lit up. You can only rent the Main Gallery for a minimum of 1 hour.
The second gallery, known as the North Gallery, is a newer addition to the Neon Museum and is quite a bit smaller than the Main Gallery but still packs a big punch. It houses the awesome ‘Lady Luck’ sign which is a popular location to stand in front of and say ‘I do’ to your favorite person. Although it currently doesn’t have electricity running to it, the museum plans on having those pearly signs lighting up by fall 2017, as of this writing. Because there is no electricity currently running to the North Gallery, available times for renting the space end earlier in the evening than its counterpart, the Main Gallery. The North Gallery can be rented for only 30 minutes, and though that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of time, its actually plenty as the space is quite a bit smaller, but has a ton of variety!
You Get The Place All To Yourselves
When you do decide to commit to having the Neon Museum be the place for your elopement or wedding photos, you get the whole place to yourself. This may be one of the reasons why the rental fee is so high, because they do not allow tour groups to go through the gallery while your photos or ceremony are happening. I’m not gonna lie, its always an awesome feeling being able to explore the galleries and get some awesome photos, knowing we are the only ones in there!
You Can’t Touch The Signs
Be prepared for a whole lotta photos in front of, and near the signs. Because none of the signs are secured to the ground or surrounding structures in any way, the risk of one of those giant neon signs falling on your or a guest are real. It’s no surprise, then, that the Neon Museum does not allow anyone to touch or lean against any of their signs. There’s a small rock wall (we’re talking really small, maybe a foot off the ground) separating you from the signs. You have to stay on your side of that little wall at all times.
It’s Super Close to Downtown Las Vegas and the Arts District
If you’re really wanting photos at the Neon Museum, but only want to pay the $250 fee for 30 minutes and don’t think that’ll be enough time and would like a bit more variety in your wedding photos, no fear! The Neon Museum is just a quick 5 minute drive to downtown Vegas and the Arts District, so you can get a TON of variety in a short amount of time!
You definitely won’t be disappointed if you choose to have you photos at the Neon Museum. Be sure to check with staff for updated information, and to book your session well in advance to ensure a smooth wedding day!